Meet the young, passionate, idealistic men and women whose struggle for freedom ignited the Russian Revolution and changed the world. Stoppard's epic begins on a family estate where fervent ideals and fraught expectations are the name of the game. Voyage, the first part of the amazing The Coast of Utopia trilogy, is a heart-pounding, poetic masterpiece.
Last year Shotgun presented the West Coast Premiere of Voyage, and now they've brought it back!
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Review from from last year's east bay express review:
Fortunately, Shotgun Players has always been known for letting its ambitions outstrip its purse strings. The company's new production of Voyage, the first installment in Stoppard's triptych, straddles a period of 11 years and features 21 actors. With its storyline about youth activism and intellectualism in the years prior to the Russian Revolution, it's a resonant slice of history, filtered through melodrama (i.e., love, loss, marital problems, death) and larded with philosophical ideas. That's a potentially lethal combination, but Shotgun Artistic Director Patrick Dooley found ways to limn the disparate elements. Like the source material, his Voyage is big, florid, and somewhat disorienting — but it also crackles.
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